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Upgrades (non TDI Engine related) The place of handling, lighting and other upgrades that do not relate to the performance or economy of the TDI engine. In other words upgrades to your TDI that don't fit into TDI Fuel Economy & TDI Engine Enhancements.Please note the Performance Disclaimer

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Old November 13th, 2008, 12:54   #1
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Well I've got some bi-xenon projectors, shrouds, etc on order and I'm going to be retrofitting them into my stock housings. I've done a lot of reading up on retrofitting, but was just wondering if anyone on here has retrofitted a MKIV golf headlight. I know the Jetta has been done forsure.
What projectors did you use? How did it turn out? Any hints/tips/tricks/photos you'd like to share?
I will make sure to post pics when it's all said and done. Maybe even some how-to pics depending on how it goes.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 13:44   #2
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If I had a Golf I would just buy an OE or aftermarket solution. There are so many options that look nice and aren't rediculous looking like most of the aftermarket Jetta headlights.
Why bother hacking a set all to pieces when you could probably buy a used set of OE projector headlights and get a better/cleaner final result.

Sorry for the non-constructive post....Just my 2 cents.

And I kind of fell off the retrofit bandwagon so I am probably missing something....but why bi-xenons for a Golf? They have seperate high/lo bulbs unlike the Jetta? What are you going to do with the hi-beam part of the housing?
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Old November 13th, 2008, 15:20   #3
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Well I've got some bi-xenon projectors, shrouds, etc on order and I'm going to be retrofitting them into my stock housings. I've done a lot of reading up on retrofitting, but was just wondering if anyone on here has retrofitted a MKIV golf headlight. I know the Jetta has been done forsure.
What projectors did you use? How did it turn out? Any hints/tips/tricks/photos you'd like to share?
I will make sure to post pics when it's all said and done. Maybe even some how-to pics depending on how it goes.
scroll vortex MKIV FAQ. A guy there did both a Jetta and a Golf retrofit.

Found it: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=3115601
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Old November 13th, 2008, 15:41   #4
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Thanks alot for the link. That should help me out.

As for the bi-xenon's...why not? I do a lot of highway commuting and during the winter most of that is in the dark. So I'm going to have 4 high beams which should be pretty awesome.

As for not going with an aftermarket solution there were two reasons I guess:
1 - Anything with a decent projectors are very expensive and hard to find.
2 - Anything affordable has a terrible cutoff and beam pattern.
So I decided to get some quality components and try doing it myself. I know it's going to be a challenge but it should be pretty rewarding when it's done.
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Old November 20th, 2008, 05:13   #5
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my old Golf, I used a S2000 projector. They are one of the best projectors out there in low beam performance (second to the LS430).

Other good low beam projectors: TSX (great for the budget), RX330/350/400h AFS.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 14:04   #6
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good on you, keep a build up thread on the forum updated.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 09:04   #7
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Check out this thread on the Vortex as well. The important part starts about 2/3 of the way down the page, look for "brought one project home today". *Bi-xenon conversion*. If you have some time, check out the rest of the build. This guy has some serious talent.
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Old November 26th, 2008, 04:15   #8
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Hey guys...got the parts in the mail. Did a clear lens swap, then did a color mod...then fixed the hinge I broke on the cutoff shield doing the color mod...
Anywho...due to work schedule (work far up north in the boonies/far far away from my headlights) I haven't started the retrofit yet. Still keeping my eyes peeled in the plumbing sections of any hardware store I go into for the right pieces, but once I get started I'll keep you updated.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 10:03   #9
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FYI - The headlight lens will come off without baking it. Remove the metal clips, then with a medium steady pull, the rubber sealant will stretch, and tare. Do like a starfish.
The rubber sealant will reseal, too. But to be sure, I seal the seam with clear RTV silicone.
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It's a good thing the Mk4s have clear lenses... looking at those pics mounting the projectors behind the lenses with the pattern on them makes way too much glare.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 16:21   #11
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mctdi - Thanks for the tip...I'll give that a try and I'll only bake them if needed. I'm a little iffy about putting my headlights in the oven.
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mctdi - Thanks for the tip...I'll give that a try and I'll only bake them if needed. I'm a little iffy about putting my headlights in the oven.
FYI - It is a bit slow going at first.
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Old November 27th, 2008, 22:01   #13
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cant wait to see some pictures!
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Old November 28th, 2008, 04:03   #14
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Me too! haha...Probably won't happen until xmas break though due to work, wife, etc., so we're still a little ways off yet. But like I said, I'd really like to document it so I'll make sure to take some pics.
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I'd probably bake them if I were to take mine apart again. I did before but I don't think I did it long enough. I marked up the edges of the plastic pretty good prying it with stuff.
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